A two-week short course in Research Methodology and Report Writing ran by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) ended on 10th June, 2016 with participants expressing delight at the depth of knowledge imparted to them during the course. Nineteen people from diverse institutions participated in the two-week course.

Giving an overview of the course on behalf of her cohort, Dr. Efua Asabea Amoabeng of the University of Ghana Health Service said, “We were always motivated to come early every day because we always knew we would have a good impartation of knowledge, and we didn’t want to miss anything”. She also noted that the practical exercises were very interesting and the project presentations insightful.

ISSER regularly organises intensive but in-depth short courses tailored to meet needs of institutions and to offer value for money. Comments from participants each year indicate that the courses exceed their expectation.

Speaking on behalf of the Director of ISSER at the end of the course, Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho, Head of Social Division of ISSER suggested to the participants that the two weeks they had spent to acquire knowledge from experienced resource persons was more than worthwhile. Dr. Anyidoho also mentioned that, in addition to the four courses that ISSER organizes each long vacation, the institute runs customized courses for organisations upon request.  She hoped that ISSER would receive reports from participants about how they are able to apply the courses in their workplaces.

The Acting Course Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe, expressed delight at the commitment and active involvement of the participants during the course. She described the participants as outstanding and said ISSER facilitators were excited at the opportunity to work with them.

A highpoint during the closing ceremony was the presentation of certificates to all participants. This was done by Dr. Nana Anyidoho, assisted by the Administrative Secretary of ISSER, Mrs. Lucy Brimpong Ofori-Ayeh.

This is what some participants had to say about the course. 

 “Report writing was very in-depth. What is the use if one can do research and cannot write a standard report?  The knowledge I have now will take away the long tortuous processes and make it simple, using the standard approach.” (Mr. Isaac Tersiah Ackwerh, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Ghana Shippers Authority)

“The programme was very educative and firmed up some of the knowledge I had acquired prior to attending the course.” (Dr. Efua Asabea Amoabeng, University of Ghana Health Service)

“The course was very insightful and interesting given that everything was new to me. I gained some understanding that will help me to work better.” (Ms. Paulina Akuba Quaw, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Cocoa Marketing Board)

 “The course was very enriching in terms of the curriculum and delivery. Honestly, I was delighted by the social interaction among participants, facilitators and supporting staff; everybody was pleasant.” (Mr. Alexander Poku-Akubia of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the Electoral Commission of Ghana)